The statistics on global poverty are extremely overwhelming. 1.3 billion individuals live in extreme poverty and more than 3 billion people live on less than $2.50 a day. Additionally, 3.805 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat (Do Something, 2016). These underprivileged individuals are disadvantaged when it comes to having proper clothing, enough to eat and drink, shelter, as well as transportation. The question is, “How can we solve this disturbing issue?” One answer is, “By make donations, even if they are small.” Believe it or not, the smallest donation will help someone’s quality of life. There are many ways to give, and through giving you are making the world a better place.
How to Give to Charity #1: Donate Your Used Car
If you have a vehicle that you are no longer using and do not want the hassle of selling it, you can make improve someone’s life by donating it instead. Many poverty-stricken individuals do not have personal transportation, making life even more challenging. For example, imagine a single mother who has three young children with no personal transportation. In order to take her kids to daycare every morning and then go to work, she is limited to taking a bus. This puts extreme pressure on her to make ends meet. There are a variety of charities that will allow you to donate your car, including:
– Purple Heart: Your donation will help wounded warriors and disabled veterans.
– Wheels for Wishes: Your car donation will either be auctioned or recycled, and the proceeds from the sale will be used to help local children. Find one in your area.
– Vehicles For Change: This charity gives cars to lower-income families so they can become mobile, enabling them to look for higher paying jobs and reduce absence or tardiness at their current positions.
How to Give to Charity #2: Donate Clothes
Having clothes is one of the most important essentials in a person’s life. Sadly, there are many people who cannot afford this basic need. “In 2010, the poorest poor meant an income of $5,570 or less for an individual and $11,157 for a family of four” (Snyder, 2016). These poverty stricken individuals do not have enough disposable income to afford clothes. If you have clothes that you do not wear, considering donating them or passing them on to someone who can use them.
How to Give to Charity #3: Donate Food
Many low-income households have a hard time putting food on the table. To solve this problem, there are charity organizations that collect food items and donate them to individuals in need. Contact your local food bank or church to learn where your food donations can do the best good. Often the request from these organizations is that you donate money as they have the buying power and sources to get more for every dollar. If you do decide to donate food rather than money, make sure it is well within the expiration date and that it is food that you would want to eat. Low fat and low sodium are also best!
How to Give to Charity #4: Volunteer at a Homeless Shelter
You are not limited to donating tangible items. You can also donate your time. When volunteering at shelters or food kitchens, there are many things you can do to make your time and effort count, including serving food, spreading kindness, sharing information, and lending a helping hand.
When it comes to making a difference in the lives of the poor, donations can go a long way. Any small amount helps. Go out there and make a difference!